Friday, April 13, 2012

Matt Szczur Struggles Out The Gate

After a full week of games in the 2012 season, former Villanova football star Matt Szczur is having a rough go of it as a member of the Hi-A Daytona Cubs. Despite his being ranked as one of the top 100 prospects in Minor League Baseball by several sources, I've long felt that Szczur has some glaring weaknesses in his game, most notably his lack of power, something that is necessary if he is going to be anything except a fifth outfielder or utility infielder. Basically, he needs to show something that he hasn't shown in a long time, or he might be better suited giving football another try. Through his first seven games, Szczur has only four hits in 26 at-bats, all of which have been singles. A positive sign has been the fact that he has walked five times already, which matches the number of walks he drew in 43 games last season in Daytona after his mid-season promotion.

7 Games
33 PA
4 Hits
5 Runs
0 HR
3 SB
1 CS
5 BB
6 K
.154 BA
.313 OBP
.154 SLG
.467 OPS

There is definitely room for improvement, and this is indeed a small sample size, but it's still discouraging given the amount of time he spent last season at the same level.

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